COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After the Missouri Tigers' opening win last week, interim coach Tim Fuller said he received a text message from the father of point guard Jordan Clarkson.
"He said, are you going to let Jordan score a little bit more," recalled Fuller, smiling. "I said, 'Trust me, he's going to score. Don't worry about it.'"
The coach knows. In his second game as a Tiger, Clarkson became the first Missouri player to reach 30 points since Mike Dixon in 2011. The transfer from Tulsa made 12 of 18 shots on the way to a career-best 31 points as he led the Tigers to a 72-59 victory over the outmanned Southern Illinois Salukis Tuesday night.
With Missouri up just a point at intermission, Clarkson took over in the second half by making 7 of 10 shots and scoring 19 points. He also finished with five assists, two steals and zero turnovers while playing all 40 minutes. Most of his points came inside the lane when he darted around Salukis' defenders trying to take away his outside shot.